Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s attractive young lady is showing off an interesting necklace. I have seen similar shaped necklaces on other cabinet cards and CDVs, so I assume this was a fashion trend in the 1880s. Note her brooch – a cameo? – above the necklace, and above that the ruffled collar. It feels a tiny bit Elizabethan, to be honest.

The photo was made by Patton & Dietrich’s Photograph Gallery in Reading, PA.


Photographed today is a young woman with a very pretty hair comb of the peineta style popular in the late 1880s. She also sports a long necklace that drapes over her jabot. She is otherwise unremarkable, although I am certain some loving person cherished her image.

The photo was made by Charles A. Saylor’s City Gallery. To see other photos from this studio, click on the link under Photographers. I think she looks a bit like Contemplative¬†who was also photographed by Saylor. Could they have been related?

Today’s photo shows three young women, all dressed and coiffed to perfection. Their dresses and hair styles are indicative of the the first years of the 20th century. Also of note is the ink stamp imprint from the studio of J. Forster & Son in Detroit, MI.

Someone wrote on the back “H. Delander.” I don’t know which one of these ladies was H. Delander, or if one of them even was. Maybe H. Delander was a parent who ordered the photo, or some other person.

This sweet CDV shows a toddler girl named Sarah S. Moody. The back of the card identified her, as well as the date of the photo as April 20, 1886. At that time, she was 11 months and 1 day old. Extrapolating backwards, we can say she was born on May 19, 1885. Unfortunately that’s about where the trail ends. Census records show a lot of of Sarah Moody’s but most of them are married to a Mr Moody, and this person is presumably unmarried. :-)

Young Sarah had her photo made at the Howe studio at 137 East Water Street, in Elmira, NY. I found another record of this studio which identified the photographer further as C. J. Howe, or Charles J. Howe. He was in business from 1888 through at least 1917. He may have taken over a business from Luce at that location in the late 1870s.

UPDATE: the excellent sleuthing of site readers identified this as Laura L Moody. Check the comments for the exact details discovered by Cindy Stuart & Tabitha. Great work!

UPDATE #2: this photo of Laura might be related to this photo of Edwin Moody Jr, who we saw late last year.

I took a short vacation, but I’m back to share more great photos with you! Today I have a soft faced woman from Germany. She is unidentified, unfortunately. Her clothing looks 1890s to me based on the sleeves, neckline and what you can just see of a cross-gathered bodice front. There does not appear to be a front opening, and the back opening shirtwaist became more popular in the 1890s. There is some unfortunate damage to the image right on her face, but you can still see she was a kind faced person.

The photographer was Max Taggesell in Dresden, Germany. Note that along side his address, he listed his telephone number. While the telephone was presented at the World’s Fair in 1878, it didn’t catch on in Germany until the early 1880s and really took off by the 1890s. You can visit the Siemen’s site for a brief history (mostly 20th century) if you are so inclined.

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